About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world and its principles have been researched and refined for over 2000 years. This medicine is as relevant now as it was in ancient China, to help us feel our best in our busy and often stressful modern lives.

The focus of acupuncture treatment is on you as an individual, not your illness, and all symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to trigger your body’s own healing response.

Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted. It is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache as the acupuncturist adjusts the needle. While the needles are in place most people feel deeply relaxed which can continue after they are removed. Please be reassured that having an acupuncture treatment feels nothing like having blood taken or having a tattoo.

Free 10 minute consultations are available at the clinic.
Some Health Insurance policies will contribute to the cost of acupuncture – please check with your provider.

Who Comes For Acupuncture?

Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific pains like osteoarthritis of the knee. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of well-being.

The British Acupuncture Council (www.acupuncture.org.uk) have produced a variety of research based factsheets on how acupuncture may be beneficial for certain conditions. These include;

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Back and neck pain
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Hayfever
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Male and female fertility
  • Menstrual and menopausal problems
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis elbow

About Your Therapist

Our acupuncturist is Janice Thompson MBChB (Hons), PGDipAc, MBAcC. Before becoming an acupuncturist in 2010, she trained and worked as a Doctor.

Janice chose to leave this profession and taught for many years before retraining in Chinese medicine. Because of this breadth of training she has an understanding of your problem from a medical view which she can then diagnose and treat along Chinese medicine principles.

Janice is a Member of the British Acupuncture Council. Membership requires following a mandatory programme of continuing professional development every year. For Janice, this has included several training courses treating pain, the use of acupuncture to improve fertility and use during assisted conception such as IVF.

Janice Thompson


MBChB (Hons)



Tel : 07789 200 526


It is almost four years ago that I overcame my fear of needles, and booked an appointment with Janice Thompson to have acupuncture on my painful back, the result of a motor accident many years ago. I have had all types of Physio and Traction over the years,

Martin - Jan 2018
22nd March 2018

I attend the Therapy Centre for Acupuncture with Janice Thompson. Janice has treated me with a welcoming manner in a professional and caring capacity always and has helped me in many areas through Acupuncture. From someone who is squeamish with ‘needles’ this has been a very rewarding

Adele Harrington, January 2017
18th January 2018


Registration L54911009
Tel 0113 2266677 / 0113 2606336